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The original Beethoven is moving enough, but it is to Soler's
credit that his extended meditation on Beethoven's so recognisable
intervals makes an original achievement of real stature. The Beethoven ideas
are all-pervasive, but their implications are taken into a new world of
carefully calculated sonorities that never lose sight of their mighty source.
Soler's No 1 of more than twenty years earlier is very different. The
ruminating start comes from the same mind as the 'Beethoven' movement
[listen -- track 1, 0:00-1:00]. This music
is inward and philosophical; but it alternates with much that is frenetic
and of challenging virtuosity.
Roger has an equally mysterious beginning, but there is jagged passagework
to follow [listen -- track 2, 0:00-0:52]. The
sound effects are ever resourceful: persistent pizzicato pattering
will precede outbursts that take the music by the scruff of the neck and
shake it mercilessly; but the dying fall of the final bars, moving gradually
towards an empty and eerie silence, is finely calculated.
Copyright © 15 April 2001
Robert Anderson, London, UK
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